I listened to Tom Burke, one of Britain's leading environmentalists, who was on 5 Live Breakfast this morning. I was heartened to see that he accepted that nuclear is a safe form of power. What I couldn't understand was that he couldn't accept that it was also cleaner than coal or gas. For one thing it has no carbon footprint and therefore, if you think that carbon emissions are causing climate change, surely you would think nuclear power is a good thing? The trouble is, some of our green friends are continuing to fight the battle of the 1970s and 1980s.
And the LibDems? They are opposing this decision, but as usual without saying hwo they could meet our power needs in the future. Naturally enough they are in favour of more wind. As well as hot air.
UPDATE: I have been upbraided by Tim Worstall among others for saying that nuclear has no carbon emissions. Of course, there are carbon emissions in the building of a nuclear power station.